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Professor Julie Beadle-Brown Professor of Disability Studies, LIDS Research Centre

Julie Beadle-Brown is Professor in Disability Studies at La Trobe University and Reader in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, in Canterbury, UK. She has worked in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for almost 20 years when she completed her PhD focusing on children and adults with autism. She is a practitioner psychologist and an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has an international reputation for her work on the quality of life and quality of support experienced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.She has worked in particular on deinstitutionalisation and the development of community based services and on the implementation of person-centred approaches such as person-centred active support. Much of her work in Australia focuses on understanding the factors that influence the implementation of active support and thus the quality of life of the people supported, factors such as practice leadership, the culture in services and the organisational systems, structures and policies in place to support staff. In addition to her research she spends a substantial proportion of her time advising and training staff in services. In addition Julie continues her interest in autism and oversees several projects focusing on the experiences of children and adults with autism and their families and on intervention in autism. Currently she leads on the evaluation of a drama based intervention with children with autism in the UK.

Julie sits on a number of journal and conference editorial boards.

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